Weeks’ pair leads Ea­gles over Calvert

North Point boys win fifth straight

Maryland Independent - - Sports -

By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

Austin Weeks recorded the first two-goal game of his ca­reer to help red-hot North Point de­feat host Calvert 3-1 in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence non­di­vi­sion boys soc­cer matchup Tues­day night.

The Ea­gles (5-2 over­all) have now won five straight games since open­ing the sea­son with back-to-back losses to Hunt­ing­town and North­ern. The win also helped North Point leave Calvert County with a .500 record. The Ea­gles posted

a 2-1 de­ci­sion over Patux­ent ear­lier this sea­son.

“Com­ing out and get­ting the lead was big be­cause there was kind of a lull there of 20, 30 min­utes where were weren’t play­ing our best soc­cer,” said North Point head coach Doug DeCook, whose team scored the first three goals of the game on the way to a 3-1 lead at half­time. “We started off slow and then we got the three goals and then we kind of rested and were like, ‘Hey, we got our three’ and then we went back into that lull in the sec­ond half.”

Weeks opened the scor­ing in the third minute when he scored af­ter a failed clear­ing at­tempt by the Cava­liers on a long throw-in.

“It was a throw-in and the de­fender missed it and I just came up and put it in the net,” said Weeks, who now has four goals on the sea­son.

The sopho­more tal­lied again in the 26th minute on an al­most mir­ror im­age of his first marker to put the Ea­gles ahead 2-0. Two min­utes ear­lier, Adryan Mur­phy drilled a low shot past Calvert goal­keeper Jack Pitcher (6 saves).

“The first goals were just sim­ple mis­takes, it was in­de­ci­sive­ness and in­de­ci­sion and that’s what’s been plagu­ing us all sea­son,” Calvert head coach Kevin Streete said. “We’re giv­ing away goals, we’re not mak­ing some­one work for it. There’s not one goal we’ve given up this sea­son where some­one has just worked us and it’s frus­trat­ing.”

The Cava­liers (3-5) got on the board in the 33rd minute when Matt Har­ris raced down the left side and found the far cor­ner.

Calvert much of the mo­men­tum the fi­nal 40 min­utes and had some good chances but were un­able to get a ball past North Point goal­keeper Austin Geier (6 saves).

“Give it to Calvert; they have a good squad and they have some peo­ple up front that gave our mid­field and de­fense some prob­lems,” said DeCook, who was miss­ing starters Aaron Mone­gain and An­thony Ford. “It wan’t the pret­ti­est game, but we’re happy to get a W out of it, but I think there’s a lot of learn­ing points we can take out of it.”

Calvert has lost its last four games — in­clud­ing one in over­time to Chop­ti­con — and been outscored 15-4 dur­ing that span.

“I was mad at the end of the first half, but at the end of the sec­ond half I felt like we won the game,” Streete said. “Mad be­cause it’s the same play­ers mak­ing the same mis­takes and you tell them and they refuse to lis­ten. But they don’t un­der­stand so they’re telling you that this is what they’re go­ing to do and I’m like, ‘No, play­ers play and coaches coach.’ They think there aren’t bet­ter play­ers on the bench [and] that now you need me and [I think] that’s a prob­lem that we’re fac­ing with these younger ath­letes. We’re rais­ing a cul­ture of ath­letes that haven’t put the work in or haven’t de­vel­oped their fun­da­men­tal skills and they think that be­cause they play on a travel team they can do what­ever they want. We need to be teach­ing kids the fun­da­men­tals of soc­cer; pass­ing and re­ceiv­ing. That’s what’s go­ing on and we need to change that cul­ture.”

Dur­ing their win­ning streak, the Ea­gles have three shutouts and have outscored the op­po­si­tion 26-2.

“Our de­fense is hold­ing strong,” DeCook said. “They’re work­ing hard and get­ting bet­ter ev­ery game and to­day they had a lit­tle let­down from the mid­field so they saw some runs com­ing at them, but I was happy with them. This is my first year tak­ing over the boys [af­ter eight sea­sons as the girls head coach], but we’re right in the mid­dle of the mix and we’ve got our­selves in a good po­si­tion to come out of the Potomac side. Our goal is to be bet­ter than .500, which they were last year, but we’d like to make a good run in the re­gion­als.”

“To­day we could have done a lit­tle bet­ter,” Weeks said. “In­stead of kick­ing the ball for­ward we could have played it more and played more as a team. [Of­fen­sively] we’re start­ing to click right now, but I think we can do bet­ter at fin­ish­ing.”

Streete was pleased with his team’s per­for­mance over the fi­nal 40 min­utes.

“The sec­ond half you saw a lot of con­fi­dence and to­geth­er­ness,” Streete said. “As soon as we made ad­just­ments, things just changed be­cause what hap­pens is a lot of these kids they get com­pla­cent that this is my po­si­tion and I’m not go­ing to lose it. And now you’ve got kids on the bench … that are hun­gry and who want to play.”

Calvert ju­nior Michael Wollen said mis­cues are hurt­ing the team.

“We made three mis­takes and [it led to] three goals and it was the dif­fer­ence be­tween a win and a loss,” he said. “Sec­ond half, we fig­ured it out and shut them down. The re­sponse [in the sec­ond half] yes [I was happy with], but the fact we’ve [made mis­takes like] this all sea­son I’m sick and tired of it. It needs to change. Af­ter one game you make mis­takes, OK, first game of the sea­son. Sec­ond game maybe, you’re still kind of [adapt­ing], third game hon­estly you should be done with [mak­ing mis­takes] and here we are half­way through the sea­son and we’re still mak­ing mis­takes. That’s a prob­lem. I can’t sug­ar­coat it. That’s a prob­lem.”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

Calvert’s Ethan Mat­te­son, left, and North Point’s Do­minic Ko­gok fight for pos­ses­sion in Tues­day night’s game won by the Ea­gles, 3-1.

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